Answer to Written Question: Discrimination against central and eastern Europe in appointments to EU leadership positions

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Mr Hahn

on behalf of the European Commission


The report to which the Honourable Member refers analyses the top leadership positions in all EU Institutions, Bodies and Agencies and tracks the history of occupation of these positions from their inception. With respect to the Commission, the top leadership positions analysed in the report are the President and the Secretary-General. These positions are held by two women, one from Germany and one from Latvia: a visible reflection of President von der Leyen’s commitment to a geo-political Commission, as well as a gender balanced one.

The Commission is acutely aware of the crucial importance of a proper geographical representation in EU leadership and is actively addressing the issue of the geographical balance of its staff at all levels, including at management level. Geographical balance is a key element of the new human resources strategy that the Commission is currently preparing and is explicitly mentioned in all senior management vacancy notices.

The Commission has put in place tailored and individualised talent programmes to address the development needs of candidates with a view to a potential career in senior management. These learning and coaching opportunities are particularly relevant for candidates of the underrepresented nationalities. They have been presented and discussed over the past months with the middle managers of these nationalities, with the active participation of their most senior compatriots in the Commission administration. Further development support initiatives are under consideration to address the common challenges and concerns of candidates from the underrepresented nationalities. Initial feedback indicates that these additional efforts have been very well received and should continue in the future.

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